Sri Lanka and Singapore have secured the final two qualification spots for the Netball World Cup 2019 in Liverpool, following the Regional Qualifier – Asia, which concluded in Singapore yesterday.
Sri Lanka and Singapore were the top two placed teams at the qualifier, which doubled up as the Asia Netball Championships. Sri Lanka emerged 69-50 winners in Sunday’s final holding to on to their winning streak and remained undefeated throughout the tournament.
A place in the final was enough for opponents Singapore to make sure of their place in Liverpool as well.
The Regional Qualifier – Asia concludes the five regional qualifying events, which have taken place in the Europe, Oceana, Africa, Americas and Asia regions, and confirms the final 16 teams competing at the Netball World Cup 2019.
Singapore have made nine appearances at the Netball World Cup and hosted the quadrennial event twice; once in 1983, where they finished 10th and more recently in 2011 when they finished 15th.
Sri Lanka, who will be the lowest ranked team at the World Cup, finished in their highest position of ninth at the world’s first Netball World Cup in 1963 – will 2019 see them climb higher in the rankings?
Teams competing in Liverpool next year will be drawn into four Preliminaries Stage One groups on Saturday September 15, confirming the fixtures for the first phase of the competition. Singapore are seeded 15th for the tournament and Sri Lanka 16th, meaning they will not be drawn into the same group.
More information about the competition format for the World Cup can be found here.